PROJECTS 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2013: EU-classroom 2 (My home in the EU) partners: Večernji list, 24sata TV funding: European union presented by Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia, under the IPA INFO 2011 grant for civil society project manager: Filip R.V. Tanay objective: Increasing the general understanding of the EU, its policies and programmes and increase the knowledge on the opportunities and benefits for the citizens before and after the EU accession by further discussions on issues relevant to Croatian citizens at a time when Croatia is on the doorstep of the EU. results: Published numerous articles in print and online edition in Večernji list (http://www.vecernji.hr/eucionica), broadcasted video clips on 24sata TV regarding various topics related to the EU, implemented essay with the trip as the grand prize, held Round Table and conducted virtual EU project proposal writing class.
December 2011 – November 2012: EUclassroom partners: Večernji list, 24sata TV funding: European Union, represented by the European Commission to Croatia EuropeAid/131465/L/ACT/HR project manager: Filip R.V. Tanay objective: Project aims to increase level of awareness among Croatian citizens about EU, politics and to point out on the benefits Croatian citizens can expect during the process of integration and finally EU membership by using different media (Večernji list print edition, EUčionica web page – subpage večernji.hr, videoclips on TV 24sata, Facebook application) results: Articles related to different EU subjects, simplified for larger reading and viewing auditoriums, published in on-line edition of Večernji list, EUčionica subpage (http://www.vecernji.hr/eucionica) and print edition of Večernji list newspapers and thematic video-clips aired on TV 24sata using acceptable and grounded approach to Croatia entry to the EU. 1. The Croatian citizens informed on the accession process 2. Open dialogue on the unclear issues related to the EU membership enabled 3. The level of awareness of the Croatian citizens on the EU membership benefits increased
December 2011 – February 2012: Getting a job in EU Institutions funding: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs project manager: Dinka Krčelić objective: Introducing the work at EU institutions and the EPSO selection procedure. Through lectures and practical work participants (university students and young graduates of Croatian universities) got acquainted with key competencies sought after among the candidates and how to introduce themselves to the future employers at the EU institutions in case of succeeding at the selection procedure. results: Four 1-day workshops at universities of Osijek, Split and Rijeka and at the Impact Centre in Zadar. About 100 participants trained.
October 1 – December 31, 2011: Benefits of EU membership to the Croatian Education System partner: uropean Education Forum (EEF); Coordinator: Institute for the Development of Education, Zagreb funding: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations of the Republic of Croatia (in the framework of the campaign for the referendum on EU membership) project manager: Loredana Maravić (EEF) objective: To review the education policy at the EU-level, emphasizing the importance of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) as an instrument for the implementation of the EU education policy in Member States, since the national education systems get integrated into the European Area of Education and Training by participating in LLP projects, while individuals gain new skills and competences enabling them to increase their employability at the European labor market; To present the Lifelong Learning Programme through examples of good practice (LLP projects implemented in the county that hosted the round table organized within this project). results: 1. in-depth understanding of the benefits of EU membership on the Croatian education system by directly involved project beneficiaries (stakeholders in education, notably teachers at primary/secondary schools and higher education institutions); 2. increased interest in the EU programme for education (LLP) based on incoming and outgoing mobility, and assuming an active role in the integration of the Croatian education system into the European Area of Education and Training; 3. organization of two round tables in Rijeka and Varaždin (a total of a hundred directly involved beneficiaries) and dissemination of conclusions via media and web pages of project partners.
May 2011 – December 2011: Implementation of the new Moldova – EU Association Agreement Training for Moldovan civil servants funding: UNDP Moldova project managers: Dubravka Smolić Vlaić, Dinka Krčelić objective: Enabling the Moldovan civil servants, working on the preparations for Moldova-EU Association Agreement to familiarize themselves with practical aspects of legal harmonization, regulatory impact assessment and specific notions of respective policies such as energy, personal data protection, consumer protection, social policy, transport, etc. results: Five 1-week workshops through which some 200 civil servants were able to learn and exchange their experiences with Croatian and international trainers and experts in the named areas.
Preparation of projects for EU funds funding: On commercial basis project managers: Irena Đokić, Marijana Sumpor objective: To educate participants for preparation of project proposals that will apply for financing through EU grants results: Two 2-day workshops (beginners and advanced) have been attended by ca 15 participants. Through transfer of basic and practical knowledge, and team work, the participants have acquired knowledge and understanding in the following themes: Project cycle management (PCM), Concept of logical framework approach and logical framework matrix, Budget preparation, Preparation of project documentation, and they got familiarized with the examples of good and bad practices.